• The exhibition

    See how our ancestors developed over the past few million years

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  • WHAT'S ON

    Check out the latest exhibits and events at Maropeng

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  • Conferencing

    Our state-of-the-art conference centre is perfect for a getaway conference close to the city

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  • Maropeng Hotel

    The Maropeng Hotel is the epitome of luxury accommodation in the Cradle of Humankind

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  • School visits

    You will never forget your school trip to the Maropeng Visitor Centre and the Sterkfontein Caves

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Welcome home!

Welcome to Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and the Sterkfontein Caves. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is an easy drive of about an hour from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Our ancestors have lived in this area for more than 3-million years. By coming here, you are coming to the birthplace of humanity. Welcome home!

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Dear Guest,
Please note that as of 01 April 2016 the Maropeng visitors centre tour together with the Sterkfontein caves tour and facilities will no longer operate on Mondays (except for Public Holidays and school holidays when we will remain open for your edutainment).

News

On a crisp winter’s evening, a group of people gathered around an open fire at Maropeng’s Hominid House to listen to a woman speak – archaeologically, anthropologically, politically and poignantly… Read more

Looking up at the stars is a magical experience for most people, but it takes science and technology to make that magic happen. Below, Vincent Nettmann, Maropeng’s resident astronomer, sheds… Read more

A new fossil discovery outside the Kenyan capital of Nairobi shows that early hominin species were more adaptable to new environments than had been previously believed.

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Maropeng is pleased to announce the launch of its fireside talks, with the first talk featuring Madeleine Fullard, head of the Missing Persons Task Team (MPTT) in the National Prosecuting… Read more


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